Friday, January 13, 2012
Contests - Good, Bad or Ugly?
Even peer reviews have come under scrutiny. The "liking" and "tagging" pleas for books on Amazon, along with reviews written by friends of the authors, have caused those who are purely readers to question how valid a review given by another author can be. I've written a few reviews on Amazon for books I've read, but I admit to tagging and liking some I haven't. Is that honest?
This year, being part of a new publisher with tons of fledgling authors, the loop was flooded with excitement and endless scrolls of "vote for me in the P&E poll," "no, vote for so and so," even, "I'll back out if you vote for this person so he can win." I tried to express my opinion and ended up being flogged on the readers loop for dimming down what should be a joyous moment. As I watched from the sidelines with a bitter taste in my mouth, I realized, winning or losing didn't really matter to most, it was about camaraderie, family, and support. If you believe in your publisher, you must believe they contract only the best work, so why wouldn't you support your peers. I didn't advertise that I voted, but I did. I supported my publishing families...two of them, and although it was difficult in some categories where several author sisters and brothers competed, I actually read samples on Amazon before I voted for work I hadn't read.
I'm interested to see how others feel. Has being in the industry for a few years changed how you view contests or am I the only skeptic?